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Jamestown College left-handed pitcher Ryan Iliff was awarded Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday. Iliff tossed a complete-game shutout in his only outing of the week as the Jimmies deflated Valley City State University 15-0 on Saturday. The Jimmies went 4-0 for the week, sweeping both the Vikings and Bemidji State University. The junior from Gillette, Wyo., pitched five innings against the Vikings in Valley City, giving up no runs on two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Iliff shares DAC Player of the Week honors with Dakota State's Josh Tiede.
Rain and sleet was the demise of Friday's baseball doubleheader between the Jamestown Blue Jays and the Devils Lake Firebirds, but Mother Nature cooperated just enough on Saturday for the Jays to get in a pair of conference games against the Williston Coyotes at Jack Brown Stadium. With a few rain drops falling and the wind howling, the Blue Jays earned a split with the Coyotes winning the first game 3-2. Jamestown starting pitcher Brandon Gange allowed two runs over the first three innings in Game 1, but the Jays charged back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on another r
After a seven-hour, indoor marathon at Dickinson High School on Saturday the Jamestown Blue Jay girls' tennis team picked up its first West Region victory of the season. The Jays notched 3 of 6 singles victories over the Midgets, and won 2 of the 3 doubles matches to take down Dickinson 5-4. "We're starting to come together as a team," JHS coach Pat Mullowney said. "We're still short-handed and are missing a couple of girls, but we showed a lot of resiliency out there.
Jamestown High School senior Kara Nygaard qualified for the state meet in the javelin, as the Blue Jay girls' track and field team took 11 of 18 events to win the Hi-Liner Invitational in Valley City on Thursday. Nygaard's winning javelin toss matched the state qualifying standard of 110 feet, and right behind Nygaard was sophomore teammate Kate Roscoe in second place with a toss of 105-1. "Kara qualified in the javelin, and it was only her second time throwing the javelin this year," Blue Jay girls' track and field coach Arnie Falk said. It was a big day for the Jays' underclassmen, with f
Area Class B athletes are the headliners of this year's Lions All-Star basketball rosters. The annual senior all-star games, pitting the best-of-the-best in Class A vs. their Class B counterparts, are scheduled for July 20 in Bismarck and July 21 in Fargo, with the girls' games tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys' games to follow at 8 p.m. Team rosters were revealed on Tuesday, and among the senior standouts listed are 2009-10 North Dakota Mr.
Just how hard is it to score 2,190 career points in high school boys' basketball? According to the Hoopster, only 16 players in the history of North Dakota boys' prep ball have scored more career points than Kidder County's Adam Randall, and there's never been a 2,000 career point scorer in the Class A ranks -- Valley City's Jeff Boschee came up 6 points short (1,994). Toss in Region 3 Senior Athlete of The Year, North Dakota Senior Athlete of The Year and the 2009-10 Mr.
Jamestown College ace Kate Street picked up win No. 13 in Game 1, while the Jimmies cracked 17 hits and scored 14 runs in Game 2, as the Jimmies swept the Vikings in Valley City 7-5, 14-7 on Tuesday. After going 2-2 last weekend in non-conference play in Sioux City, Iowa, the Jimmies returned to Dakota Athletic Conference play against the Vikings and didn't disappoint. Street stepped into the circle and went the 7-inning distance to open the doubleheader, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits in the Jimmies 7-5 victory.
The Jamestown College softball team took a break from Dakota Athletic Conference play over the weekend, traveling to Sioux City, Iowa to square off against the Great Plains Athletic Conference's Briar Cliff and Morningside College. The Jimmies outscored Briar Cliff 17-5 in a pair of victories over the Chargers at BCU's Bishop Mueller Field on Saturday.
The Jamestown College baseball program has plenty to look forward to with the addition of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion senior standout Gaige Dunn next spring. Dunn hurled the definition of a gem against Region 1 opponent Enderlin-Maple Valley in LaMoure on Monday.
If there was a North Dakota girls' basketball award Kidder County's Eli Benz didn't win during her illustrious prep career, the staff comprising the Jamestown Sun's sports department has never heard of it. Benz capped her senior season this past winter by bringing back to Steele just about every piece of hardware imaginable, including a unanimous Class B all-state first team nod, the Region 3 Senior Athlete of The Year award, the North Dakota Class B Senior Athlete of The Year award and, oh yeah, the state's Miss Basketball trophy. It's safe to say Benz was the easiest Jamestown Sun all-area